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Dante Alighieri, a comic trilogy for the seventh centenary of his death



Dante Alighieri, a comic trilogy for the seventh centenary of his death

Last autumn the editorial staff of Kleiner Flug, a publishing house specialized in graphic novels centered on biographies of illustrious artists, historical characters and literary adaptations, was a guest of the Italian Cultural Institute in Montréal to tell the story of the publishing house, within the XX Week of the Italian Language in the World entitled "Italian between words and images: graffiti, illustrations, comics".

From that meeting the seeds of an ambitious and exciting project were born. The project, conceived, supported and promoted by the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal and by the publisher Kleiner Flug, is to tell about three of the great themes of the Supreme Poet: friendship, politics and exile, after having treated the subject of love in "Dante Alighieri, Amor mi mosse".

Today, we will talk about the second volume, "Le fangose genti" (The muddy people), which will be written by Marco Cei, editor of the Teatro tra le Nuvole series, and illustrated by Genny Ferrari, former Kleiner Flug author of "Cyrano de Bergerac"

"Le fangose genti" will tell us about the most studied and complex period of Dante Alighieri's life, that of his activity in politics: from 1290, when he began to serve among the White Guelphs, entering the Art of Medici and Apothecaries, until 1302 when he is exiled, passing through his election as prior in the two-month period June 15-August 15

The poet found himself in politics in a hot climate: Florence, at the time, was in fact crossed by continuous conflicts that often resulted in blood.

But above all, Dante ended up embroiled in the internal struggle between the White Guelphs and the Black Guelphs, headed by the Cerchi and Donati families, and the various riots, murders and retaliations that ensued. Including those against Dante himself by Filippo "Argenti" Cavicchiuoli degli Adimari, who opposed his return and seized his family assets for a long time.

In these pages, you can see the beginning of the volume, with the body of Guido Cavalcanti being carried in procession. The poet, in fact, died on August 29th of the year 1300, a few days after returning to Florence, probably due to a malaria contracted during his exile in Sarzana.

Dante, who on June 24th of the same year, serving as prior, was forced to send him into exile to quell new clashes between the White Guelphs and the Black Guelphs, will always feel guilty for this, so much so that in some circumstances he will consider himsel responsible for the death of the his friend and teacher.

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Date: Da Monday, March 15, 2021 a Monday, March 29, 2021

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal - Kleine

Entrance : Free